After HC nod, JNU makes re­sults of­fi­cial: It’s a Left sweep again

Al­liance Bags 44.7% Votes In Stu­dents’ Union Polls Go-ahead from court with strings at­tached

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New Delhi: The Left re­tained its bas­tion of Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity on Tues­day with its al­liance of four out­fits win­ning all the four cen­tral panel posts of the JNU Stu­dent’s Union. The Left Unity al­liance got 44.7% of the to­tal votes polled, with ABVP in sec­ond place, but there were sig­nif­i­cant bal­lot gains for Na­tional Stu­dents Union of In­dia and Birsa Ambed­kar Phule Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

The re­sults of the elec­tions held on Septem­ber 6 had been on hold till Tues­day on the or­der of Delhi high court, which was hear­ing the pleas of two dis­al­lowed nom­i­na­tions.

Aishe Ghosh, pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of Left Unity, formed after the in­ci­dents con­tro­ver­sially de­scribed as sedi­tious in Fe­bru­ary 2016, is the new JNUSU pres­i­dent. The for­mer Daulat Ram Col­lege stu­dent got 40.4% of the votes polled, a mi­nor de­crease from the 41.8% vote re­ceived by the al­liance can­di­date, N Sai Balaji, in 2018.

ABVP’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Man­ish Jangid, who fin­ished sec­ond, gar­nered 19.7% of the votes polled. ABVP man­aged to im­prove the over­all vote share from last year’s 21.1% to 23.3% this year. Durgesh Ku­mar, pres­i­dent of the ABVP JNU unit, at­trib­uted the im­proved per­for­mance to the stu­dents’ grow­ing con­fi­dence in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. “The stu­dents have ex­pressed their faith in us for our year-long mo

How Left Unity left ABVP far be­hind

ve­ments and pro­grammes. The Left is go­ing to be elim­i­nated from the cam­pus in the com­ing years,” he claimed.

How­ever, Jangid only just about bested BAPSA’s Ji­ten­dra Suna, who got a mere seven fewer votes to fin­ish third. The Ambed­karite stu­dent group ac­tu­ally won over a lot of vot­ers, with Suna polling 19.6% of the bal­lots com­pared with its can­di­date’s 13% last year.

BAPSA leader Rahul Son­pim­ple ex­plained, “Our vot­ers are those who be­lieve in Ambed­karite pol­i­tics. If the fight is go­ing to be based on ide­ol­ogy in the near fu­ture, then it will be be­tween the right wingers and the Ambed­karite stu­dent groups.”

Prashant Ku­mar sim­i­larly boosted NSUI’s per­for­mance, tak­ing the tally from 7.8% in 2018 to13.5% this year. The Congress-af­fil­i­ated NSUI said the im­prove­ment was due to the JNU unit’s “or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­fort”.

The new JNUSU of­fice bear­ers con­grat­u­lated the le­gal team “for up­hold­ing JNU’s demo­cratic tra­di­tions and de­fend­ing the mas­sive man­date of stu­dents”. Balaji added, “This year the stu­dents united to ward off the at­tempt to con­quer the cam­pus by fas­cist forces. What­ever op­pres­sion we faced, we re­sisted it with twice the vigour.”

The re­sults will be no­ti­fied by the JNU ad­min­is­tra­tion after the Grievance Re­dres­sal Com­mit­tee com­pletes its as­sess­ment of the polls, which were at­tended by al­le­ga­tions of rule vi­o­la­tions. New Delhi: Delhi high court on Tues­day gave its nod to JNU elec­tion com­mit­tee to de­clare the re­sults of stu­dents’ union polls held on Septem­ber 6.

The re­sults were sched­uled to be de­clared soon after the polls, but were with­held on the di­rec­tions of the court after two can­di­dates ap­proached it.

Jus­tice San­jeev Sachdeva also al­lowed the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion to no­tify the poll re­sults in ac­cor­dance with the JM Lyn­g­doh Com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions but clar­i­fied that dec­la­ra­tion and no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the re­sults would be sub­ject to fur­ther or­ders passed by the Grievance Re­dres­sal Com­mit­tee, which was asked to en­ter­tain and de­cide the com­plaints it re­ceives from stu­dents in con­nec­tion with the lat­est elec­tions, in ac­cor­dance with the Lyn­g­doh panel rec­om­men­da­tions.

The court had on Septem­ber 6 di­rected that the dec­la­ra­tion of fi­nal re­sults shall be sub­ject to fur­ther or­ders to be passed by it and had restrained the var­sity from no­ti­fy­ing the re­sults till Septem­ber 17. On Tues­day, the court dis­posed of the pe­ti­tions by two stu­dents. While one of them al­leged that his nom­i­na­tion for the polls was il­le­gally re­jected for elec­tion as coun­cil­lor of JNUSU, the other said the elec­tion com­mit­tee re­duced the num­ber of seats for the post.

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